Edison Ford Home School Programs

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers a unique opportunity for home school families to learn together about the life and work of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and how our lives are impacted today by their genius.  The Edison Ford Home School program takes an interdisciplinary approach to science, invention, engineering and history with hands-on programming.

The Edison Wild Wizard returns with a new series of science and engineering hands-on classes that will engage students, as well as NEW hands-on history classes with Professor Pearce. Following in the footsteps of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, homeschool students will learn through creativity, problem solving, teamwork and critical exploration.

Each session will examine a particular aspect of scientific achievement using engineering challenges, invention or  history and curriculum is based on the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards and Florida Common Core Science Standards Kindergarten - 6th grade.  Curriculum outlines provided to all registered parents.  Programs are led by Edison Ford education faculty and staff and include time to tour the historical homes, gardens, research lab and museum.


Estates members :  $10 (one adult; one child)
Non members:  $20 (one adult; one child)
Each Additional Child:  $10

  • Participants are encouraged to arrive early and bring lunch (or visit the Banyan Café) and share time with other home school families in the Edison Ford research gardens.
  • Pre-visit curriculum materials provided after registration.
  • Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards and Florida Common Core Science curriculum.
  • Led by Edison Ford faculty and Edison Wild Wizard.
  • Time to tour the homes, gardens & laboratory on your own.

2013 – 2014 Edison Wild Wizard Science & Engineering

Life Sciences:  Bioengineering

Learn about organisms through a series of activities that introduce bioengineering. Complete the class with designing and building a model membrane that can deliver water in a controlled manner.

October 7 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
October 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL* OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
October 11 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  *FULL*

Landforms and Landscapes

Learn about geotechnical engineering, erosion and deposition through activities and engineering projects that test different soils and riverbank systems.

November 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL* OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
November 15 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
November 18 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*

Alternative Energy: Wind

Students become Mechanical Engineers using simple machines to make complex machines as well as applied knowledge about air as wind energy.

December 9 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
December 12 9:30 – 11:30 *FULL* a.m. OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL* 
December 13 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*

Rocks & Minerals

Learn about the rock cycle and properties of rocks as students become Material Engineers and examine the criteria and constraints in order to replicate an artifact successfully.

January 9 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*   OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
January 10 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
January 13 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*

Sights and Sounds

Become Optical and Sound Engineers while learning about reflection, transmission and absorption along with properties of sound including volume and pitch.

February 10 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
February 13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL* OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
February 14 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*

Electricity & Circuits

Students get hands-on with electricity, circuits, conductors, insulators and schematic designs with designing and building an alarm circuit.

March 10 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
March 13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*  OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
March 14 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*

Alternative Energy: Solar

Students learn about transfer of energy, conservation of energy, thermal insulators, thermal conductors and the power of the sun while working as an Engineer to design and build a solar oven.

April 7 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
April 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*  OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
April 11 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*

2013 - 2014 Hands On History with Professor Pearce

Becoming a Historian

Hands-on history begins with research strategies and techniques. How to research a subject, design a research question, and develop a dynamic thesis. Students begin their quest to develop a History Fair project that will evolve throughout the year.

October 7   9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
October 11 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*


Students will explore the formation and purpose of government throughout history. The formation of the United States and the function of the three branches of government will be taught with interactive activities performed by the students.

November 15 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*
November 18 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*


How does a country, a business, or an individual manage their finances? From macro to micro students learn how economics are managed by various entities and how economic interests have motivated and defined the modern world.

December 9   9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*
December 13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*


Students explore the modern concept of citizenship. Rights, responsibilities, and civic duty will be dissected as students research, discuss and debate the idea of the American Citizen.

January 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
January 13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Early Florida

From Saint Augustine to Thomas Edison, Students discover the rich history of America’s first frontier.

February 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*
February 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*

Modern Florida

Students pull together key concepts such as government, economics, citizenship and early Florida history to complete the mosaic of modern Florida history.

March 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
March 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  *FULL*

The History of Technology

From the first stone tools to the light bulb, humans are driven and defined by their creations. This ambitious course delves into history by recreating the experiments and inventions that changed the course of history.

April 7   9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*
April 11 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. *FULL*

Registration Information 
  • Advance registration is required
  • Full payment for ALL classes is required at time of registration
  • Parents are welcome to bring younger siblings who remain seated with the parent
  • No refunds
  • Subject to availability

Call to register: 239-334-7419.